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Thomas Obtains Defense Verdict in Negligence Case

December 27, 2019

On December 12, 2019, Mark Thomas obtained a defense verdict on behalf of two local clients. The case stemmed from an auto accident with disputed liability. At trial, Thomas presented evidence that his client was presented with a sudden emergency and that her conduct was reasonable under these circumstances. A Boone County jury agreed, and […]


Group Home Providing Caretaking Services did not Owe Duty to Child Harmed by one of its Residents

Defendant DAC, Inc. operates a group home that provides home and community based services for disabled persons. On March 25, 2015, a resident of the home with intellectual disabilities and a history of sexual abuse and physical aggression left Defendant’s property without the staff’s knowledge or permission. While missing from the home, the resident approached […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Gross Negligence Claim

Defendant Jeffrey Clark worked for Apartments Downtown, a property-management business owned by his parents. While he did not have a formal title, Defendant’s duties included assigning workers to complete construction tasks. In April 2014, Defendant tasked Bronson Ganka and two other workers with drilling vent holes in the front of a building. The workers had […]


Iowa Court of Appeals Overturns Recovery of Emotional Distress Damages in Legal Malpractice Action

In 2013, Plaintiffs Rachel and Heidi McFarland hired Defendant Jason Rieper to represent them in adopting a child. On December 30, 2013, two days after the child’s birth, the birth mother signed an authorization to discharge the baby to Defendant, who then left the hospital and delivered the baby to the Plaintiffs. Prior to the […]


Meet Our Team: Transactional Division

November 4, 2019

 Top row: Maryan De Haan, Rochelle De Bruin, and Christy Witzenburg Bottom row: Jonathan De Reus, Craig Shannon, and Heather Timmins   Grefe & Sidney, PLC has two divisions – a trial division and a transactional division. The photograph above is of the attorneys and staff who work in our transactional division. Most of you […]


Charitable Giving Strategies

Winter is not far off and the end of the tax year is quickly approaching. For this reason, charitably-inclined taxpayers having not already done so should begin reviewing the charitable donations they have already made this year in order to determine which charities they would like to continue supporting and how much financial support they […]


Iowa’s “Final Disposition Act”

Many people view estate planning as essential to ensuring a seamless transition of assets after their death while also seeking to eliminate any added stress or conflict that might arise among remaining family members. One area of planning often overlooked, however, includes designating the person responsible for someone’s final disposition (i.e., the person responsible for […]


Thomas and Lindebak Obtain Defense Verdict

September 27, 2019

Mark Thomas and Aaron W. Lindebak represented an e-cigarette company in a products liability case. A homeowner discovered the kitchen of his home to be on fire after returning from dinner on Valentine’s Day 2015. His insurance company sought subrogation for $398,773.78 in damage to the home and homeowner’s personal property. Plaintiff sued Black Dragon […]


Grefe & Sidney Welcomes Derek LaBrie

Derek recently passed the Iowa bar and was admitted to practice on September 20, 2019. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2016, majoring in Commercial Aviation and Political Science. Derek graduated from the University of Iowa College Law in 2019. During law school, Derek was a Managing Editor for the Iowa Law […]


Court Affirms Order to Reimburse cost of Independent Medical Exam in Review-Reopening Petition

The Iowa Court of Appeals held that an employee is entitled to reimbursement of an independent medical exam under Iowa Code section 85.39 in a review-reopening petition. An employee suffered a workplace injury in 2013 and filed a petition seeking benefits. During that proceeding an IME was performed and the employee was placed at MMI […]